Why MechaFORCE SM ?
MechaFORCE SM — Registered Internship Manufacturing Program, or M-RIMSM offers K-12 and collegiate educational institutions a new opportunity to connect your school’s program to an initiative designed to build a pool of new talent for NJ manufacturers. For K-12 educators, it allows you to start your 11th and 12th graders on an educational program which will yield a job with a manufacturer upon graduation as well as opportunities for continuing studies and credential and degree acquisition on a part-time basis. For collegiate educators, it allows you to tap into the ever-growing demographic of the non-traditional, part-time student market while offering these students a course of study which they can use to assume higher skilled, high demand jobs within advanced and precision manufacturing companies.
M-RIMSM utilizes the ApprenticeshipUSA model which by definition is specifically germane only to full-time employees who are called “Registered Interns” (RIs), and typically are new hires but who also can be incumbent workers. At its heart, this is a dual track educational model where learning simultaneously is hands-on and is formal or classroom-based; and it serves two very distinct categories of students: (1) those still in high school and (2) millennials, generation X and other populations who have high school and beyond educational experiences. The model provides guidelines for the content of this learning but accommodates customization; and is based on specific and numerous manufacturing occupational titles.
For millennials, generation x and other older populations, one learning track is completed on-the-job while employed as RIs and working under an experienced employee or supervisor in that occupation; while the other track is completed through courses conducted outside working hours and quite possibly at your institution in germane academic credit or non-credit programs. When M-RIMSM begins in high school, 11th and 12 graders obviously cannot be employed full time but they do experience the classroom based track. Even so their classes are imbued with hands-on learning experiences with modern manufacturing equipment. However upon graduation, students officially begin jobs as RIs at companies.
Regardless of the age of the M-RIMSM participant, the curriculum is designed by industry and implemented in digestible portions over multiple years.
M-RIMSM has enlisted the support of the NJIT. In this capacity, NJIT oversees all of the aspects of working with the RI and employer in tracking the progress through both the on-the-job and outside educational learning tracks. This way M-RIMSM can also serve as the direct conduit to connect your students to exciting career opportunities with NJ manufacturers.
M-RIMSM works with both the credit and non-credit sides of your institution, so the RI not only can obtain the required formal instruction in the M-RIMSM program studying on a part-time basis, but can structure that towards eventual credential and degree attainment if desired. Most manufacturing curricula align and can articulate to both associates and baccalaureate degrees down the road, as well as lead to stackable industry, recognized credentials.